The staffers at Niche Blog develop a ranked standings for the best colleges of 2016, while comparing this year's lineup to the 2015 rankings.
This year's rankings are a based on 1,100 U.S. colleges and universities, with millions of statistics and student reviews. Compared to 2015 college rankings, 2016 is focusing more on the value of these schools. Niche's best value college scores factor for 25% of the "best college" score. Among the top colleges are Stanford University, MIT, Yale University, and Harvard University.
To reflect the realities of the college experience, our Best Colleges ranking incorporates millions of student reviews and key statistics about the academics, students, campus, local area, professors, dorms, food, and athletics.